Davina Thomas talks us through how to make a table runner on Popular Patchwork.

This elegant table runner can be adapted to any size table by adding sashing or an extra block. The hanging triangle and beads are attached by button loops and can be removed before washing

The table runner is made with five blocks all based on the 54-40 or fight block. As the narrow points are quite tricky for beginners, this version uses foundation piecing.

Beginners could make all five blocks the same and intermediate quilters could choose to sew one of the more time consuming variations.


Exact requirements will depend on the variations you choose for your table runner and whether or not you need to add extra blocks or sashing strips. Err on the generous side and use the extras for some decorations.

    Five different fat quarters of cream and dark red fabric
    20cm of Makower metallic texture in dark red for binding
    30 x 130cm for backing fabric – use a 30cm strip and add scraps to make up to the correct width or buy wider fabric
    30 x 130cm of thin cotton wadding
    Monofilament thread for quilting
    Greaseproof paper or sew-in interfacing for foundations
    12 small shirt buttons
    20 large beads
    Small seed and bugle beads

Finished Size

10 1⁄4 x 49in (25 x 124cm)including hanging triangles
Skill Level

Block Size

9 3⁄4in

Small seed and bugle beads from Gütermann, available from many online stores For Makower fabrics, see Makower for details of your local stockist.

Step 1: Foundation Points

Each block needs four foundation pieced units with a dark red central triangle and cream triangle points.

1. Trace the foundation template onto greaseproof paper or thin sew-in interfacing.

2. Place a piece of red fabric RS up on the foundation and put a piece of cream RS down onto it. Pin exactly on the line and fold the cream fabric back. Is it covering the outer lines? If not then reposition or cut a larger piece and try again.

3. Sew from the back exactly on the line, extend a couple of stitches past the end of the line and use a smaller stitch than usual. Press open. Repeat for the other cream piece and press well. Remove the papers if using.

4. Make four foundation blocks for each fight block you are making. Our version has matching fabrics but you could mix and match if you wanted.
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